BENSTAGE 19.1 Next Level Failure

The Corona Chronicles – Day 32

Or: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it

Monday, you beautiful beast – let’s talk about the little Friday of last week, that was Thursday, shall we?!


I think society did not happen last Thursday, but a lot has happened during the weekend but thats for the next entry.


Last Thursday our Commerce Secretary announced that they expect a recession of 6,3% – that’s kind if the median value between best and worst case scenario, which is around 10%. Sounds pretty grim, especially if you hear that this will hit us harder than the bank crisis from 2008, which became other crises in the aftermath. They even say, this will be the biggest challenge, or economic crisis for us since the end of the second World War. The WWII mark is always a huge thing for us – if someone says “that’s the worst thing since WWII” we know, we’re screwed. To be honest, I do realise that the crisis of 2008 was super bad, that many lost their job, money, home and whatnot but as with many things, I was not affected at all. “Check your privileges” – well, I do! I could be affected by this as well, but at the moment it doesn’t look like it but you never know of course. Last thing which would help me right now, would be panic, so I try to avoid that. World will move on, as it always does.

Speaking of moving on. Lufthansa now started some talks to get support by the state. Well, support – money. A shitload of money. That’s fine of course, should be not in our interest that Lufthansa dies, but could we please do it a bit smarter this time? In my mind, two things need to happen. First: if we help any bigger corporation the state (and thus the tax payer) get’s a cut of the future income or profit for X years. This money can be used for example to fight climate change. Second: the money comes with some conditions, for example working on concepts to fly climate neutral in X years. Sure, that might fail but demanding nothing, will also do nothing. This is a chance to get the big corporates on a climate neutral path, we should use it to steer them in the right direction instead of saying “this is a crisis, there is no time for doing the right things right now, maybe next crisis”. Do we wanna bet, how we will do it though and who will be the winner of this crisis after all?


Due to the bank holiday, we had our All Hands on Thursday and I think it was the first time our boss lost count in which week we are with the lockdown. Well, you want’s to blame him. We’re slowly starting the process of returning to the office, in shifts to guarantee we don’t have too many people at the same time in the office. I have to say, I don’t really miss the office anymore. It’s weird, but it’s not the building I miss. I just work fine from home, it’s the people of course. And what I like to do, sitting together, talking, having a beer (or ten) after hours together, will not happen for quite some time I assume, so therefore … It’s the people I miss, not a building, although I like our building a lot. Anyhow, returning to office will be voluntary for the next weeks anyway and I think that’s a good thing.


Not so much to report. Had quite some after hour beers last Thursday. No, that’s not true – I more or less had everything but beer last Thursday. I have to admit, my alcohol consumption got up during lockdown. But that’s not so hard, as I normally don’t drink at home at all. I normally have way to many beers Fridays in the office, sometimes it goes on until Saturday actually but I hardly drink alone at home. Maybe a glass of wine from time to time but that’s about it. That surely got more in the last weeks, also drinking stuff I normally don’t even buy. Most and for all sparkling wine, but that’s I think just because we always have it at the office and I somehow miss it. Again, not the office, but the get-togethers after hours.

Thursday I did some grocery shopping (like every day actually, haven’t changed my behaviour here) and now there is a guy controlling at my usual store. That’s kind of weird, but makes sense of course. It feels weird, being eyed and controlled but then again, another thing we will get used to. It is amazing, what we can get used to as free citizens in the name of the greater good.

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